The Nigerian Air Force has constituted a committee to conduct safety audit of its operational and engineering units following the multiple air crashes that has plagued the country’s military aircraft and helicopters.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, on Tuesday.
The audit comes after a Beecraft Aircraft crashed in Kaduna State last Friday, killing Lieutenant-General Ibrahim Attahiru, the Chief of Army Staff, and 10 other military personnel on board.
The statement read: “The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao has constituted a Committee of serving and retired senior officers to conduct a safety audit of all Nigerian Air Force operational and engineering units.
“The Committee is to, among other terms of reference, analyse safety reports from operational and engineering units, conduct safety evaluation of NAF units and recommend measures to enhance safety of operations in the units.
“The Committee is also to interact with unit operational and technical personnel for views, observations and contributions on safety measures. Chaired by Air Vice Marshal Abraham Adole, the Deputy Theatre Commander, Operation HADIN KAI, the Committee is to submit its report not later than 18 June 2021.”
At least 20 military officers have lost their lives in the last three months in three crashes involving Nigerian Air Force jets